From Press & Staff Reports
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker on April 15 announced their support for legislation that would provide an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to the families of first responders who are killed in the line of duty.
The Republican Mississippi senators are original cosponsors of the Fallen Heroes Flag Act (S.2755). This legislation would create a program to present a Capitol-flown flag to immediate family members of firefighters, law enforcement officers, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews and public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty.
“These flags flown over the U.S. Capitol would signify our nation’s gratitude to the local and state first responders whose lives are lost in the in line of duty,” Cochran said. “Every day, our nation’s first responders answer the call to serve their neighbors and fellow citizens,” Wicker said. “Their heroic acts help to keep us and our loved ones safe from harm. We are proud to honor them and their families with a flag that has been flown over the people’s Capitol building.”
The flags, provided at no cost to the families, would include a certificate signed by the senator or House member requesting the flag and the president pro tempore of the Senate or speaker of the House. The architect of the Capitol would administer the program.
Authored by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), S.2755 passed in the Senate on April 19 after being referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, on which both Cochran and Wicker serve. The Senate bill had the bipartisan support of 24 cosponsors and has gone for consideration to the House of Representatives, where similar legislation has been introduced.
“We expect the House to hold the Senate version of the bill at the desk and take it up during National Police Week in May,” said Chuck Canterbury, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization in the United States with more than 330,000 members.